Mark 5:26 - She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse.
Do you ever feel like a guinea pig in a lab with all of tests and treatments those of us with chronic pain or illness undergo? I know I do. I understand that it’s a doctor’s job to try and find a way to treat your problem, but at what point do you say that the side effects are worse than the treatment? It’s a tough line to balance. What do you think? Do you ever feel like a guinea pig?
Proverbs 16:9 - In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps.
It’s hard for people who like to have everything planned out to be flexible. Take that into account when you want to change our schedule. Things can happen that side tracks us, but what we thought was messing up our day actually can bring about a chance to do something we wouldn’t normally do. This may open the door that leads them to relax and not be so focused on keeping our plans all of the time. Plans can shatter, but we don’t have to let it ruin an opportunity for growth.
Job 11:15 - Then you will lift up your face without shame; you will stand firm and without fear.
Are your fears healthy or unhealthy? Is it something that stems from something that could happen or is it something that may never happen? A healthy fear is indeed good for us to have such as to watch out for cars running a red light or follow a storm watch and when not to leave on a trip. But how do we let go of our fear of things that we don’t need to be afraid of and walk in freedom instead? It’s simple, but not easy – Trust yourself and trust God to help you follow through and seize the day instead of letting your fears seize you. Let’s talk about it.
Romans 12:2 - Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will.
You may attend an event and try to fit in. You purposely try to be something you aren’t hoping that you’ll fit in. But did you know that it’s okay not to fit in? Life would be boring if all we did is try to be what others expect us to be. Be a little quirky. Laugh out loud instead of being “politely” quiet. Seek out those in the room who look like no one is talking to them. Walk up to them and be the one who can make them feel they are wanted and special. It’s not an easy task, but when you stop trying to fit in with the crowd, you’ll see those who feel left out, too. And by helping them realize that they are fine just the way they are can lead to becoming who God made you to be. Do you have trouble fitting into the crowd? I’d love to hear from you.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.